S.C. is home to nation’s most important forgotten document

The People’s Vote, an initiative sponsored in part by the National Archives, allowed Americans to vote for our nation’s 100 most important documents. The Declaration of Independence (1776, #1), the Constitution (1787, #2), and the Bill of Rights (1791, #3) received the most votes. Also among the top 10 were the Emancipation Proclamation (1863, #5), the 13th Amendment (1865, #7), which abolished slavery, and the Gettysburg Address (1863, #8). These last three documents, and many others on the list, exist as a direct result of an ordinance that is largely forgotten.

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